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Brazilian musician Paulo Sergio Dos Santos joined the two final weeks of CICLO

The musician Paulo Santos from the Group UAKTI arrived as one of the first foreign artists in Denmark, as he was supposed to begin his work already on the 14th of May together with Marcella Lucatelli and Marluze da Cruz in Ishøj Municipality. He was to be an integrated part of their final rehearsals for their performances at Arken in Ishøj and at the DR Concert House in Copenhagen.

 

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 21. Maj 132Paulo Santos performing at the final CICLO event in Koncerthuset May  21

Paulo Santos has studied history, music, clarinet and percussion. He has been with the group UAKTI since the beginning in 1978. The group is well-known and recognized all-around the world for their original instruments and sound. The name UAKTI comes from an Indian myth about a man whose body was perforated. Every time the wind blew, it created a very beautiful sound going through the holes. After their breakthrough, they more or less stopped using traditional instruments. Instead, they build their own instruments from natural materials and PVC.

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 21. Maj 205Paulo Santos performing at the final CICLO event in Koncerthuset May  21

After two successful days in Ishøj where Paulo Santos presented his instruments for the children, worked with improvisation and became a part of their final performance, they all had a blast of a local closing event at Arken. Proud children were able to show what they had been working on for the last two months. During the following weekend, Paulo Santos was a part of the Spring Festival at Amager where all foreign artists had the possibility of contributing with either a workshop or a performance. Paulo Santos played Saturday and Sunday with his brought-along self-build instruments.

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 21. Maj 139Paulo Santos and Master Fatman teaches the Danish CICLO kids to say hi to the CICLO kids in Rio de Janeiro 

Monday morning, all the foreign artists went to visit Peder Lykke Skolen, Amager. All the artists had a guided tour showing how a ‘school without doors’ work and to see the location for two joint concerts between Paulo Santos and Pops Mohamed (South Africa) the next day. After having arranged the sound technical details, the day ended with a final meeting at the Danish Cultural Institute preparing for the final event at the DR Concert House.

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 21. Maj 210Paulo Santos and Pops Mohamed performing at the final CICLO event in Koncerthuset May  21

Tuesday started at Peder Lykke Skolen setting up for the two joint concerts. Both Paulo Santos and Pops Mohamed had brought their fascinating instruments and were excited to play with each other. In fact, they were so excited about each other’s instruments that they agreed to play a mashup bringing Brasilian and African traditional music together. This had an immense effect on the structure of the final shows at the DR Concert House the following two days. The two concerts at Peder Lykke Skolen were fantastic and inspiring. Paulo Santos’ self-build instruments intrigued all the children and they were all overexcited about his Brazilian music style and personality.

The final event in the DR Concert House took place during Wednesday and Thursday. After having done the sound checks in the morning, everything was ready for the children to arrive. Once again, Paulo Santos delivered a fantastic concert using his traditional Brazilian and self-build instruments. Especially, his self-build drum-like instrument, ‘The Trilobite’ excited all the children and his Brazilian rythms song caught them by surprise and quickly made the children follow his every move and sound. The concert ended with a new mashup between Pops and Paulo which involved every child in the music. On the second day of the event, Paulo Santos had the pleasure of playing while her Royal Highness Princess Marie arrived. He didn’t miss the chance to stop his music and bid her a warm welcome as suited for a real princess. According to Paulo, he had rehearsed these sentences all morning in front of the mirror. After this, he played a very energetic song on his ‘Trilobite’ which fascinated the princess as it had with the children. Afterwards, he met the princess, as she was presented to a video describing the CICLO work done in Rio de Janeiro. An experience he was very proud of.

Text by Martin Persson – The Danish Cultural Institute

 

 

 

“Into the Sun” final CICLO event in Cape Town

In Cape Town they performed their final show called “Into the Sun” last week. The performance tells the story of two children that leave their home to find a solution to the problems of pollution and crime in their communities. The story weaves together different genre of traditional and contemporary music, poetry and movement. The students have been involved on every level in this performance from making instruments and composing music to writing the poetry. This piece was performed by the Grade 7 group of the Steenberg Primary School and singers from the Oaklands High Schools.

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Teacher Nicolette Frank writes about the project and Steenberg performers:

“ Creative Arts had irreversibly infused them (the children) a sense of achievement and accomplishment!! That was the CICLO dream – for communities to reinvent their hoods. (Through this performance ) it had suddenly become tangible. It is my sincere hope that this initiative will be a catalyst for more permanent and meaningful change in South Africa…

The Grade 7’children have inspired me to continue my passion, which is to develop young minds, nourish souls and network globally for the benefit of the planet..”

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People involved in making the show happen: 

  • The Pollution Song and Vuvukwaito Steenberg Primary
  •  Musical arrangement by Pedro Espi-Sanchiz
  • Led by musician and dancer Zama Qambi in the performance
  • Trumpet – Khaya Mduzuwana
  •  Song for the Living – Oaklands Singers
  • Musical Score and lyrics by Marc Hendricks
  • Musical Arrangement and backing track by Amanda Tiffin
  •  Story and Direction by Liesl Hartman, Head: Frank Joubert Art Centre & Chair: Ibhabhathane
  •  Set Design by the students from the B.E.S.T. Centre (puppets) and Wynberg High School learners (boxes)
  •  Poetry by Nonthutuzelo Ncasa, Grade 9, Oaklands High School
  •  Technical Lighting and Sound – Wynberg High  School
  •  Poster Design: Jeremiah Tshinyama Grade 11 Communication Design, Frank Joubert Art CentrePlakat fra Sydafrika

South African multi-instrumentalist Pops Mohamed joined the final week of CICLO

As the final week of CICLO took place during UNESCO’s Arts Education Week, the South African artist Pops Mohamed came to Copenhagen in order to participate together with the other CICLO artists from around the world. Pops Mohamed is one of South Africa’s most recognised multi-instrumentalists. Working as a musician, composer and producer, his aim is to protect and preserve African traditional instruments. He plays the Mbira, the Bushmen mouthbow, the Kalimba, the Kora (lute harp), the Uhadi (Xhosa bow), the Umrhube (played by the Xhosa women), the didgeridoo and a number of hand percussions.

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 21. Maj 219Pops Mohamed performing at the Final CICLO event May 21

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 21. Maj 210Pops Mohamed and Paulo Santos performing at the final CICLO event May 21

Arriving early Monday morning, he gladly joined the other artists for a visit to Peder Lykke Skolen, Amager. All the artists had a guided tour showing how a ‘school without doors’ work and to see the location for two joint concerts between Pops Mohamed and Paulo Santos (Brazil) the next day. After having arranged the sound technical details, the day ended with a final meeting at the Danish Cultural Institute preparing for the final event at the DR Concert House.

Tuesday started at Peder Lykke Skolen setting up for the two joint concerts. Both Pops Mohamed and Paulo Santos had brought their fascinating instruments and were excited to play with each other. In fact, they were so excited about each other’s instruments that they agreed to play a mashup bringing African and Brazilian traditional music together. This had an immense effect on the structure of the final shows at the DR Concert House the following two days. The two concerts at Peder Lykke Skolen were fantastic and inspiring, as Pops Mohamed talked about joining forces for peace across the human race and told stories about how the Kalahari Bushmen treasured nature’s cycles by living in pact with the bees. All was accompanied by delightful music and all in the spirit of CICLO.

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 21. Maj 217Pops showing off one of his cool instruments at the final CICLO event May 21

The final event in the DR Concert House took place during Wednesday and Thursday. After having done the sound checks in the morning, everything was ready for the children to arrive. Once again, Pops Mohamed delivered a fantastic concert using his traditional African instruments. Especially, his Kora excited all the children and his African song caught them by surprise. The concert ended with a new mashup between Pops and Paulo which involved every child in the music. On the second day of the event, Pops Mohamed had the pleasure of playing for her Royal Highness Princess Marie. He didn’t miss the chance to play his never-released song called ‘A Theme Song for Princess Marie’. The princess enjoyed the song written during Pops Mohamed’s last visit to Copenhagen and he was happy to finally be able to play it for her. Pops Mohamed had a wonderful time playing for the children. Children and their future is one of his major concerns and he enjoyed being able to inspire them, bring them together and show them his African roots.

CICLO i DR Koncerthuset d. 22. Maj 041Pops Mohamed, Princess Marie of Denmark and Danish CICLO kids 

Text by Martin Persson,  The Danish Cultural Institute

 

Royal visit at CICLO event in Copenhagen

Tomorrow between 11.40-13 CICLO in DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen will have a Royal visit from Her Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, who is protector of the Danish National Commission for UNESCO. The Princess has shown great interest in the project and we sure are looking forward to showing her all the great stuff the children have made in their CICLO projects.

Danish puppeteer Stine Pagh arrives in St. Petersburg

Puppeteer Stine Pagh tells in her own words about her first days of her CICLO artist exchange in St. Petersburg city Palace of Youth Creativity (Anichkov Palace)

 

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The first day I was at Anichkov Palace the drama department had their final show for this season. There were many drama groups that showed puppetry, dance and acting. I thought they were very talented. When they had finished the most talented pupils were rewarded with some big teddy bears and teachers got flowers.

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The next day I taught two art classes. I started by telling the kids that I was from Denmark and throughout Denmark live just as many people as in their city, St. Petersburg. The Russian CICLO teacher had an idea for a poster where the children had to make a picture with contaminated nature on one side of the poster and clean nature on the other. So I helped with “cutting and pasting”. The kids all had a great imagination.

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The third day I taught 30 children from the puppet theater department. I did a workshop where they animated garbage (used garbage as puppets). It was a kind of adventure where all the waste in a landfill suddenly came alive and grew into a tree. The children had not tried to animate / lead garbage as puppets before.

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On the fourth day I had another art class. I wanted them to build a sculpture out of trash. I asked them if they would build a tree or invent a machine that could solve all the problems around the globe. Then I ran a poll – and the tree won. The kids started to build the tree out of the garbage and different kinds of tape.

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On the fourth day I also saw a puppet theater rehearsal for the finale CICLO event. The students’ work with the fairytale “The Little Prince” and poems about the seasons – it’s going to be super great.

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– All photos are from St. Petersburg city Palace of Youth Creativity (Anichkov Palace)